Balkans

  • About 190 Jews Evacuate Serbia As Nato Bombing Attacks Continue

    As NATO strikes continue in Kosovo and Yugoslavia, some Jews are choosing to leave the war-torn areas. About 190 Jews from Belgrade, Novi Sad and elsewhere in Yugoslavia have made their way to Budapest in recent days and are being cared for by the Budapest Jewish community, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee…. More ▸

  • Youth from Ex-yugoslavia Gather Together in Vienna

    With Austria currently holding the rotating presidency of the European Union, conferences here that draw people from several European nations are common. But a gathering here last week was unique: All of the participants were Jewish teen-agers and college students from the five republics of the former Yugoslavia. The 40 participants — several of whom… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Macedonian President Fulfills ‘obligation’ to Country’s Jews

    A president. A doctor. And a developer. The non-Jewish trio — which includes Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov — is striving to fulfill the country’s “moral obligation” to commemorate the approximately 7,300 Jews from this small Balkan nation who perished in Treblinka. On March 11, 1943, Bulgarian fascists occupying Macedonia rounded up its Jews and delivered… More ▸

  • Jews in Yugoslavia Fear New Wave of Widespread Nationalism

    Jewish community leaders in Belgrade fear a wave of mounting intolerance fueled by Serbian nationalism and political, social and economic insecurity. “Lately in our society, with increasing frequency and severity, declarations are being made which instigate national, religious and racial hatred and xenophobia,” the Federation of Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia said in a statement issued… More ▸

  • Caught Up in Political Furor, Albanian Jews Ponder Future

    Unlike most Albanians today, Rashel Kohen Cikuli and Luiza Konomi are able to share an inside joke about the pyramid- scheme scandal that has rocked this tiny Balkan nation. The vast majority of Albanians were swept up last year in the frenzy to make “easy money,” sinking an estimated $2 billion into the high-risk investment… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World (part 3): Vibrant Serbian Community Enjoying Jewish Resurgence

    Last summer, crisis-ridden Belgrade was the scene of a particularly joyous simcha. Two young members of the Belgrade Jewish community celebrated their wedding in the city’s sole synagogue. It was the first full-scale, traditional synagogue wedding in the city in many years. “You start a new life when you get married,” 29-year-old Dejan Petrovic, who… More ▸